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Bedrock 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Bulldog, The 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Far Right, The 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Guides Tower, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Mall Wall 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Mojo Spire 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Nose Rock 0 / 17 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 17
Oven, The 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Pulse Roof 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Shooting Gallery, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Son Tower, The 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Swiss Tower 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Upper Tier 0 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Way Gone Wall 1 / 7 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
White Wall, The 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
\ Hashtag \ Wall, The 0 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Elevation: 7,000 ft
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The Pit, once known as Le Petit Verdon, with its pocketed white Kaibab limestone, was Arizona's first foray into the realm of sport climbing in the mid to late 1980's. Today, it's northern Arizona's prime sport area. Well, if by prime one means most convenient for Flagstaff locals.

Kevin sending Sling Fest

It's a popular area that offers average quality climbing on average quality limestone, but is nice for an afternoon workout and certainly beats the gym. The area is pleasant and climbable year-round. Routes are well bolted, generally short, and distinctively pocketed and edgy in style.

Tomas Robison pulls the final roof sequence on Purple Shark.

Getting There

Drive south of Flagstaff on Lake Mary Road. The new Pit and Sandys Canyon Trail head is located just west on Lake Mary Rd. from the old parking area at Canyon Vista Campground. When driving out Lake Mary Rd. look for the dirt road just after the Hecketthorn neighborhood.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Pit

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Sunshine Daydream
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Pleasant Dreams
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement)
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Mr. Slate
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Barney Rubble
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Popeye Meets The Burrito Master
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
True Value
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
The Abyss
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
Fruit Bowl
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Shark Bait
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13
The Energizer (aka Aerial Vermin)
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Purple Shark
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
The Joker
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Sunshine Daydream Son Tower
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Pleasant Dreams Son Tower
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Sport
R.E.M. (Rapid Eye Movement) Son Tower
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Mr. Slate Swiss Tower
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Barney Rubble Bedrock
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Sporte White Wall
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Popeye Meets The Burrito Ma… Mall Wall
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport
Mordor White Wall
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Sport
True Value Swiss Tower
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
The Abyss Swiss Tower
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Fruit Bowl White Wall
5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c Sport
Shark Bait Swiss Tower
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Sport
The Energizer (aka Aerial V… Way Gone Wall
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PG13 Sport
Purple Shark Swiss Tower
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
The Joker White Wall
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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Weather Averages

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The Pit is an awesome cold weather crag, a destination in the Flagstaff area. Jun 1, 2007
Spokane, WA
ElyseSokoloff   Spokane, WA
So was anyone around when the anchor rock fell off of Sporte (right of Mordor)? Mar 2, 2008
Chris Tatum
Flagstaff, AZ
Chris Tatum   Flagstaff, AZ
Hey, Anyone know what caused the massive puddle of blood at the base of Mr. Slate? Oct 26, 2008
John McMullen
El Portal, CA
John McMullen   El Portal, CA
Most of the routes we put up at The Pit were climbed in the winter when we didn't want to drive south, or go out of state. "The Oven" was a favorite hang on days when it especially cold, and that is how it got it's name.
Locals climbed at The Pit for almost two years before we let the cat out of the bag. This was based on a vote at Alpine Pizza of course.

I can remember climbing on the Gone Wall one day and getting a cactus needle stuck in my arm. At the base, I pulled out the needle and it had gone into my brachial artery. Jets of blood sperted out of my arm every time my heart beat. My partner that day, Paul B almost passed out looking ... so I teased him by slapping my hand over it every once in awhile to stop-start it. It was hilarious. Left a huge puddle of blood (although that was many, many years ago)! Funny stuff! Apr 23, 2009
Hey. Cool that John M. has jumped in. Apr 24, 2009
Richard Fernandez
Flagstaff, AZ
Richard Fernandez   Flagstaff, AZ
Sorry FUNGUY, no such luck, from the looks of the two shiny draws hanging, the second one way off route I might add, the poor individual pitched making the third clip & decked, Haaard. Fresh blood at the crag, kinda surreal. Hope they're ok. Jun 14, 2009
I notice on their website that Canyon Vista Campground is open May 16-October but many people comment on the great winter climbing here. Am I right to assume that the campground is accessible during their off-season? I'll be traveling through that area around late April and wanted to check out the pit for a day but didn't want to waste my time if it is going to be gated up or something. Thanks. Apr 7, 2011
New 1/2" Anchors for The Twister and Dee-Lite on the Upper Tier.

A block with Anchors for some Upper Tier climbs (Dee-Lite & The Twister) had fallen sometime Nov. 2010.

There is a piece with a bolt at the bottom of The Twister. Jun 30, 2011
We were harassed by the park management at canyon vista for supposedly speeding (even though we weren't). These people were totally irrational and I would say hostile had they not been in their 80s. They told us the speed limit is 5 MPH (we were going maybe 10?) and then admitted to us that it isn't posted. They even threatened to call the sheriff for no apparent reason. I think these people may be trying to deter climbers. When I lived in Flag the place was under different management and we didn't have any problems. Has anyone else caught flak from these loons? Jul 30, 2011
Andrew R
Andrew R   Arizony
Jeremy, I have also been chased down by the camp host for "speeding." That was about three years ago. I doubt they are trying to deter climbers specifically because that parking is also used for the popular Sandy's Canyon hike. I'm not sure why they're so hostile about it.
They're probably just bored. It's probably best to just humor the hosts and take it slow through the campground. Aug 5, 2011
Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
MacM   Cave Creek/Preskitt, AZ
Jeremy, It as about Mid July when my friend and I got into a "conversation" with the new camp host. He gave us trouble because we backed into the parking spot, instead of pulling forward. He said we were going to cause a forest fire with our "Hot" tailpipes backing up to the meadow and we should be written up for it. Alos we were coming out after 8pm, evidently The Pit and not just the parking area closes after 8pm. He was also trying to tell us it would be out fault if climbing at The Pit was closed indefinitely, haha. I miss the guy from last summer, he was definitely more of a people person.

Climb on! Aug 27, 2011
Michael Kukral
phoenix az
Michael Kukral   phoenix az
Where can I find a guide? May 10, 2012
JJ Schlick
Flagstaff, AZ
JJ Schlick   Flagstaff, AZ  
I finally got around to sorting the rest of the routes here. If any of you Pitsters out there want to peruse it, and let me know of any errors that would be cool. Thanks. May 20, 2015
J. Snyder
Flagstaff, Arizona
J. Snyder   Flagstaff, Arizona
Draws found at The Pit on 8.14.15. Describe them and Ill sell them back to you for $1,000,000.00 Aug 16, 2015
Hey folks, I accidentally (stupidly) left a nearly brand new pair of La Sportiva Tarantulas clipped to an Evolve chalkbag, probably on Lake Marry road outside of the campground after parking there and climbing for a few hours at The Pit on the evening of this past Tues 1/12. I'm currently headed to southern california and would love to get these back, if anyone finds or has found them please let me know 831.706.5454 thanks in advance! Jan 16, 2016
HELP! I, like the unfortunate guy below, lost my blue GriGri at the base of "Son Tower." Lost on 09/10/2016. Please message me if it is found. Sep 11, 2016
Luna T  
Hi! I lost my family crest ring at the Pit this weekend. It is gold and about the size of a dime. I had it in my pocket and it fell out, probably near the Sun Tower or Sporte. If anyone finds it/ found it, please contact me!! I will reward you generously. This ring is very very special to me. Oct 2, 2016
Nadia Lame
Flagstaff, AZ
Nadia Lame   Flagstaff, AZ
Lost a pair of black square Ray Ban sunglasses near Mall Wall around April 15th. Would love to have them back, regardless of the condition they may be found in! Apr 25, 2017
Just a heads up, on the off chance anyone is looking to get on Terminal Vector in the next week or two I apologize. I am in the process of replacing the bolts and fixed draws on this thing. Started today but ran out of time. Please avoid climbing this route as the new bolts need a little re-tightening and the first three still need to be replaced. Thanks for the patience. Dean Jun 22, 2017
c scott  
I was climbing at the Pit on Saturday Feb. 17 and I think I left my black fleece North Face jacket at the base of the Guide's Tower. For anyone reading this who was there that day, I was the guy that decked and had to get helped out. I'm afraid I might have left my jacket behind while we were trying to pack everything up. If someone found it, I would love to have it back! Feb 26, 2018

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